Thursday, 7 February 2019

Sweet Korcula: Sweeties of Korcula Grannies - 20. Anizini

February 7, 2019 - Sweet Korcula, an island with a seemingly endless supply of fabulous traditional home-made cakes and desserts. We are very grateful to Franica Tasovac for allowing us to serialise her excellent books called Sweet Korcula, Sweeties of Korcula Grannies (in English). It is a collection of no less than 30 ancient recipes for Korcula cakes and desserts, lovingly put together into a book. A delightful souvenir or gift for gourmet friends. Franica has kindly allowed us to serialise the recipes on TCN, and we will be bringing you a recipe a week from the kitchens of Korcula's grandmothers throughout the year. You can read Claudia Tarle's lovely introduction here

ANIŽINI

3 eggs
pinch of salt
120 g sugar
1 teaspoon anise
1 tablespoon grape brandy
150 g flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Heat the oven to 175°C.
Beat anise in a mortar, or chop it and pour with brandy.

Mix egg whites into firm snow. Blend yolks, sugar and salt into a foamy mixture.
Add brandy and anise and mix everything together. Add flour and snow alternately and mix slowly. Pour the mixture into the sheet metal coated with greasy paper and bake for 20 minutes.

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You can buy this booklet at:
Town library “ Ivan Vidali “
Flower shop “ Fiorino “
“ Manina “
“ Komo “
Tourist agency “ Kaleta “ 
Souvenir shop “ Suzy “
Bookshop “ Kutak knjiga “

 To connect with Sweet Korcula, why not follow them on Facebook?

 Looking for more delicious Korcula recipes in this series? Check them out on our dedicated TCN page

 

Monday, 4 February 2019

The Complete Destination: New Promo Video from Korcula Tourist Board

February 4, 2019 - The Korcula Tourist Board kicks off its 2019 promotional campaign with a fantastic new promo video which encapsulates all the magic of this majestic town.

Trying to sum up a destination in less than two minutes on video is quite a challenge, and I have lost count of the terrible official tourism promotion videos I have been subjected to over the years. 

Not this time though... 

A lovely overview of one of Dalmatia's very loveliest destinations - the town of Korcula, and as presented in the latest official promotional video by the Korcula Tourist Board. 

There is a little of everything to tease the would-be visitor. The fabulous compact stone town, home to Marco Polo. The luxury accommodation one would expect from such an elite destination, with the Lesic Dimitri rooms looking charming indeed. The fantastic gourmet scene, from the island indigenous whites, Grk and Posip, to the delicious local fare served on Korculan restaurants. The beaches for relaxation, the sailing for more active tourism. The tiny islets such as Badija offering day trip options. The idyllic nature, enjoyed by all visitors to the island, and one of the island's undoubted highlights of this beautiful island.

And what would Korcula be without its famous sword dancers?

As well as trying to capture the beauty of the destination, 112 seconds is really not enough time to get these messages across, and yet I think the Korcula Tourist Board has managed to achieve that with this video. If you have never been to Korcula before, take a tour in the video below. And if this is not your first visit, remind yourself why you went in the first place, and enjoy some of your favourite spots as you plan your next vacation. 

To follow the latest from the island, check out our Total Korcula page

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Lastovo: Daily Connection to Dubrovnik, Better Connection to Korčula

As Morski writes on the 19th of January, 2019, solving island ferry connections in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, especially the fast-freight and ferry connections for Vela Luka in Korčula and Lastovo, was the subject of a meeting initiated by the parliamentary representative Branko Bačić with the heads of Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić initially emphasised the problems of the lack of appropriate vessels, praised the upcoming investments in port infrastructure, and seized the opportunity to discuss the upcoming daily connection between Dubrovnik and the island of Lastovo.

''Dubrovnik-Neretva County has already prepared eight funding projects from EU funds, ie through the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, and this is a great success. As far as boat connections are concerned, they're better than they were before, but there are still faults to be found. The priority is to connect Lastovo with the county centre of Dubrovnik. This is a project that should have been realised a long time ago, but it's positive that we're finally close to sorting it out,'' said the prefect, adding that everything should be done to make sure that children from Lastovo can keep going to high school in their county, more precisely on Korčula, and that the construction of pupil accommodation on Korčula is something that is indispensable. He stressed that a decision to co-finance the project should be made at the upcoming session of the Croatian Government in Dubrovnik.

Parliamentary Representative Branko Bačić said that he initiated this meeting in order to reach an agreement between Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, and Jadrolinija for the drafting of a better connection between the southern Dalmatian islands of Korčula and Lastovo, and to find a solution for the ferry service for the Split - Ubli line.

"We have to consider all the possibilities, and I still think the most realistic option is to purchase a ship of a higher capacity and a higher speed than the ships we've been using so far on that line, and to do that for as long as we don't manage to build a new ship,'' Bačić said.

The managing director of Jadrolinija announced that the company intends to purchase a second-hand ship, that there is a possibility that they still need to run some checks on, but that he wanted to hear from the representatives of the islands or the local self-government unit.

The Mayor and those from the administration, as well as participants of the meeting agreed that the purchase of a ship was the only realistic possibility at this time, as well as to take on the construction of a new ship for that line. They also demanded that the Jelena catamaran be permanently left to operate on the Split - Ubli line.

The director of the coastal maritime transport agency, Paula Vidović, stressed that maintaining the line for Lastovo at an annual level costs about 41 million kuna out of the total cost of maintaining all the lines, which amounts to about 320 million kuna.

Four major conclusions were agreed upon at the meeting:

1. It is necessary that Jadrolinija immediately looks to purchase a ship for the Split-Vela Luka-Lastovo line and continues to build a new ship for the same line.

2. There is full support for the construction of eight local and county-level ports in the area of ​​Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

3. It was established that the Jelena catamaran, which has all of the necessary maritime capabilities alone, is permanently kept on the Split-Vela Luka-Lastovo line.

4. It is also necessary to turn the Dubrovnik-Lastovo line, for which the Government has already given its consent, into an everyday route to ensure a better connection between Lastovo with the centre of the county, and so that secondary school students from Lastovo can continue to attend secondary school on the island of Korčula.

Follow our lifestyle page for more. If it's just Dubrovnik and southern Dalmatian you're interested in, give Total Dubrovnik and Total Korcula a follow.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Sweet Korcula: Sweeties of Korcula Grannies - 19. Rozata

January 23, 2019 - Sweet Korcula, an island with a seemingly endless supply of fabulous traditional home-made cakes and desserts. We are very grateful to Franica Tasovac for allowing us to serialise her excellent books called Sweet Korcula, Sweeties of Korcula Grannies (in English). It is a collection of no less than 30 ancient recipes for Korcula cakes and desserts, lovingly put together into a book. A delightful souvenir or gift for gourmet friends. Franica has kindly allowed us to serialise the recipes on TCN, and we will be bringing you a recipe a week from the kitchens of Korcula's grandmothers throughout the year. You can read Claudia Tarle's lovely introduction here

ROZATA


Rozata used to be cooked, but today it is baked in the oven.

4 tablespoons sugar
5 eggs 
pinch of salt
500 ml of milk
5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon brandy of roses
zest of one orange

It is necessary to prepare two dishes (higher and lower) where you can cook. Pour water into the larger container halfway and put to cook until boils.

Put four tablespoons sugar on low heat until it gets a nice golden brown colour.

Quickly pour the resulting caramel into the pan in which you’re going to cook rozata.

Mix gently eggs, sugar, brandy and orange zest. Pour slowly milk into the frothy egg mixture and continue stirring slowly, and then pour the mixture over the cooled caramel. Cover the container with the mixture and put in a larger vessel, and pour more water so that the upper vessel is in water. Cook rozata on low heat for an hour. Remove the cooked rozata from the container with water, let it cool down, then put in the fridge.

When rozata is cooled down well, put the larger plate over the container, turn it upside down so that rozata and caramel icing stay in the plate.

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You can buy this booklet at:
Town library “ Ivan Vidali “
Flower shop “ Fiorino “
“ Manina “
“ Komo “
Tourist agency “ Kaleta “ 
Souvenir shop “ Suzy “
Bookshop “ Kutak knjiga “

 To connect with Sweet Korcula, why not follow them on Facebook?

 Looking for more delicious Korcula recipes in this series? Check them out on our dedicated TCN page

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Croatian Tourist Guides Association Offering Free Guided Tours

As part of the second edition of the "Meet Your Country" project, the Croatian Tourist Guides Association and partners will organize free guided tours in many cities across Croatia. The free guided tours will take place on the International Day of Recognition in Croatia, Sunday, January 13, 2019, at noon, reports HRTurizam on January 9, 2019. 

The guided tours are intended firstly for locals to get to know their city better and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism, but, of course, to all other visitors and tourists too.

“We wanted to highlight the importance of protected land sites in the country and the Ordinance on the List of Protected Locations (which is still under construction), which are the only places in Croatia which will be presented exclusively by tourist guides who have been educated in the Republic of Croatia,” said Kristina Niuć Prka, the president of the Croatian Tourist Guides Association, adding that the initiative this year includes 58 cities.

The list of cities and municipalities where free guided tours will be organized are Trogir, Split, Solin, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, Dubrovnik, Korčula, Šibenik, Drniš, Zadar, Rab, Opatija, Vepribac, Lovran, RIjeka, Krk, Vrbnik, Trsat, Labin, Rovinj, Pula, Vodnjan, Pazin, Buje, Poreč, Karlovac, Zagreb , Varaždin, Slavonski brod, Lipik, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Otočac, Plitvice, Đakovo, Buzet, Roč, Hum, Motovun, Viškovo, Imotski, Cres, Novalja, Krapisnke Toplice, Jastrebarsko, Pag, Bakar, Daruvar, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Nin, Kastav, and Sisak.

In Croatia, there are a total of 555 local self-government units, namely 428 municipalities and 127 cities, making it interesting that not all cities and tourist boards are participating in this action. 

“Meet Your Country” is an excellent tourist story and a significant segment in the mosaic of Croatia’s tourism story which the country cannot continue to neglect. It is the people that make up the best cities, thus the locals are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The local population gives a rhythm and pulse to the destination, and visitors want to be introduced to the city by locals through their culture, lifestyle, customs, and stories because it is precisely the essence of tourism.

In conclusion, getting acquainted with your city and transforming citizens into ambassadors of Croatian tourism is crucial for the development of tourism. Get out there and learn more about your city this Sunday! You can find out more about where you're meeting in your city here

To learn more about tourism in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page

Friday, 28 December 2018

Change to the Split - Hvar - Korčula Catamaran Schedule in 2019

We've written in our articles regarding connections between Korčula and the mainland about the Split - Hvar (- Prigradica) - Korčula catamaran line , which is a line that operates throughout the year, connecting the two islands with Split.

In 2018, it was scheduled to leave Split at 4:30 pm every day, arrive in Hvar at 5:30 and finally make it to Korčula around 7 pm. 

 

In 2019, the schedule will be different: on January 1st 2019 it will start leaving Split at 4 pm every day, arriving in Hvar around 5 pm, and finally make it to Korčula also half an hour sooner every day, at 6:30 pm. 

The change to the schedule will affect only the out-of-season time of the year, as during high season (June, July, August and September) it leaves Split at 5 pm, which is now a full hour later, arriving in Korčula at 7:45 (it takes longer during the tourist season, because it makes the stop at Prigradica in that period as well). 

We asked Kapetan Krilo what caused the change, and they directed us to ask at the Agency for coastal line traffic, where mr. Milan Mravulj explained that the line has changed its schedule several times in the past, and that the change was probably instigated by the local authorities in Korčula or Hvar. Anyway, just keep that change in mind when you're travelling to one of the two islands out of season, because if you miss that Split - Hvar - Korčula catamaran (now leaving) at 4 pm, there aren't that many chances to get to the islands after that...

Monday, 17 December 2018

100-Million-Year-Old Fish Teeth Found in the Korčula Cave

As we've reported previously, this summer a cave was accidentally discovered in the village of Žrnovo, hamlet Postrana. Since then, preliminary investigations have been conducted in the Korčula cave, and 24 sata brings the story, written by Bogdan Blotnej. 

 

Branko Jalžić, speleology instructor and biospeleologist tells the journalist that he was looking for any kind of bugs on the sides of the cave, when he first noticed an odd shape on a rock in the cave, 35 meters deep. His experience made him believe it was a fossil, which was later confirmed by scientists in the Croatian Natural Sciences Museum in Zagreb. He entered the cave with a group of speleologists, Damir Basar, Milan Vojnović and Gordan Polić, and they managed to descend to the bottom of the Korčula cave - at 50 meters below the surface.

As for the fossil, they were not sure who it belonged to at first, but have since been told that it probably comes from one of the fish from the Osteichthyes (bony fish) group, that has lived around 100 million years ago, during the cretaceous period, when some of the biggest dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Researchers explain that the water has probably washed the rock where the remains of the fish were found, and the hard teeth remained. In addition to this one, they found two other fossils and probably a new type of Coleoptera beetle. It was, unfortunately, not alive when it was found and was even half-consumed by a fungus, so they will have to try and find it during another expedition. 

All of this was shared with the public during the 3rd natural history week in Korčula, and 18 researchers participated in the exploration of the 25 caves and pits on Korčula. 

After the cave was accidentaly found by Tonči Borovac of Korčula, while digging to plant a tree, research has been taking place, and ideas have appeared how to use the cave as a tourist attraction, but without putting anyone in any risk of falling in. 

In addition to the Korčula cave, there are numerous interesting formations on Korčula, including pits with salt and fresh water in them, some lakes underground and all of them need to be explored, cleaned and protected, and fossils that were found in them are planned to be presented to the public in the Korčula Town Museum.  

Friday, 7 December 2018

Ice Rink in Korčula Opened for Advent

Delayed one day, because of the strong wind and a lot of rain that made it impossible for the opening of the ice rink in Korčula to take place on Saturday, as it was originally planned, the ice skating rink right by the sea was open to the public on Sunday. 

 

 

The opening itself was a very festive event, with wonderful sunny weather (after the horrible rainy and gloomy Saturday), many people of Korčula showed up to be among the first ones to test the ice this year. Advent festivities have now fully started in Korčula as well, with the skating for the children, and stands by the rink offering the usual pre-Christmas cheer and food and drinks, such as mulled wine. 

 

And, there is also a special Advent surprise for the children of Korčula, located in the park in front of the Culture home and library in Korčula: 

Friday, 7 December 2018

Oliver Dragojević: Remembering the Legend on His 71st Birthday

December 7, 2018 - Oliver Dragojević was born today in 1947 in Split, though he was originally from Vela Luka, where he also spent his childhood. Oliver was particularly connected with Split where he attended music school, and also made the first steps in his musical career, reports Dalmacija Danas

His first encounter with music was at the age of five when his father Marko gifted him an accordion. Oliver would entertain passersby on his street, and boat passengers on the regular Split-Vela Luka route. His first feature appearance was at the Split Children's Festival in 1961 with the popular song 'Baloni'.

Oliver’s festival debut was at the Split Festival in 1967. He attended at the invitation of Zdenko Runjić and played the song 'Picaferaj'. Though the song did not make it to the final festival night, it became one of his eternal hits.

Throughout his lifetime, Oliver’s voice and modesty delighted his fans at concerts all over the world, and it was not unlike him to perform at humanitarian concerts to help those most in need. It was at HNK Split where he took part in the concert "Believe in Love" organized by the County Cancer League for 50 years of dedicated work. The concert was held in October 2017.

However, no one knew that it would be the last public performance of the legendary Oliver Dragojević, whose words after the concert certainly confirm why he was an audience favorite and someone whose songs will remain forever written in the souls of not just Split people, but his admirers around the world. 

“Here’s something that works for the people, and that is helping anyone in need. That's a message - believe in love. Being a man is hard, and finding himself is even harder,” Oliver said at the end of the concert.

Oliver had planned to celebrate his 70th birthday with a great concert in Split, where he hoped to mark 50 years of his career, though his illness, unfortunately, prevented him from performing and the concerts were finally canceled.

A few months later, in March this year, Oliver addressed his fans at the Porin, where he was honored with the lifetime achievement award, reports Index.hr.

“I would like to mention a man who marked half my life, and that is Zdenko Runjić. There are a lot of good people around me, and this time the disease has stopped me from being with you. As a child, I wanted to play and sing, and that dream was somehow interrupted. Hello to all the good people around me and those who have supported me in this crisis. I hope there is still time for me to sing and play, and if things get better, it will be good,” Oliver said via a video message. 

"What should I say to you - enjoy, people, because life will be a fantasy," Oliver said from his home for the last time, receiving huge applause.

Oliver was born December 7, 1947, and died on July 29, 2018. Oliver is buried in his beloved Vela Luka.

To read more about Oliver, follow TCN's dedicated page here

Monday, 3 December 2018

Advent in Korcula Brings Ice Skating to a Dalmatian Island

December 3, 2018 - I wonder what Marco Polo would have made of this - ice skating on a Dalmatian island: Meet Advent in Korcula.

Having lived on the sunniest island in Europe just a little to the north of Korcula for 13 years, most of it with two young daughters, I can really appreciate how exciting this will be for the local kids. While children on the mainland play with snow and go ice skating in the winter months, such things are what Dalmatian island children can only dream of. 

Until now...

Advent in Korcula has been announced with a very nice programme, which will run from December 8 until January 12, organised by the town of Korcula. 

And what could be a more fun way to spend December for kids (and adults) than ice skating at Advent in Korcula, with a fantastic view of the Adriatic to go with it. 

In the bi-lingual words of the Korcula Tourist Board:

"Advent u Korčuli

Ne propustite zimski doživljaj-u gradu Korčuli klizalište s najljepšim pogledom na more! Otvoreno od 8.12.2018. do 12.1.2019. 

Organizator: Grad Korčula

Popratna događanja i doček Nove godine provedite na Plokati uz koncert Marka Škugora!

Advent in Korcula

The ice rink will be open from 8.12.2018.-12.1.2019. in Korčula town.

Enjoy many other events (Traditional meal tasting & concerts) on Plokata square in Korčula!

On December 31-concert of Marko Škugor on New Years Eve in Korčula main square Plokata!"

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If it is a little hard to write, here is the link to the original Facebook post from the Korcula Facebook page.

Marco Polo, of course, was born on the island of Korcula. He saw many exotic things in his rich and exotic travelling life, but I wonder what he would have made of ice skating in his home town?

To keep up with the latest from the island, follow the TCN Total Korcula portal.

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